As anyone who has experienced a broken fridge will tell you, a good working fridge is a vital component of any kitchen. Without it it’s impossible to keep food fresh and can make cooking a nightmare. It’s important therefore to keep a close eye on the health of your fridge to make sure that it’s not at risk of breaking and needing urgent repair.
The good news is that the following are all common issues which can be easily resolved with an expert repairman who can repair or find a suitable replacement if necessary.
Are you finding puddles on the kitchen floor which aren’t explained by the presence of a puppy? It might be your fridge which is leaking instead. This is one of the most common signs that there is something wrong with your refrigerator. The likely cause of the flooding is due to a faulty seal, damaged water supply valve, or a clogged defrost drain which can be easily fixed by calling an expert.
You’re paying more for your electricity bill
Are your energy bills going up but you’re not using more energy than normal? It could be that your fridge is struggling to function and is therefore consuming more energy than it should to keep cold. On average a fridge makes up around 8% of all energy consumption in the home but if it’s broken that number could increase and push your bills up. If you think this might be the case it’s worth getting an expert out to save you money.
All fridges make some noise but it’s usually just a gentle hum to let you know it’s working. However, if it’s louder than this it maybe that your fridge is struggling to work. If you’re hearing loud, clunking noises, or sounds which come and go, it’s important that you contact an expert at your local appliance repair service to check it out.
Your freezer is frozen
The whole point of having a freezer is that it freezes the food – not itself. A really common sign of a fridge freezer being on its last legs is that the freezer becomes completely filled with ice and becomes difficult to open. One way of testing whether it might be salvageable is to turn the appliance off at the mains to defrost. However, if it starts to freeze up again it points to something more serious going on and you would be well advised to call in an expert.
Food keeps going off
Are you finding that food that you buy seems to keep going off before its use by date? If you have a lot of fresh food which keeps going bad it may be caused by a problem with your fridge’s cooling system not being able to store the produce at the correct temperature. Try turning down the thermostat to a lower temperature to see if that makes a difference, but if you are still having problems it’s worth saving money on all those wasted groceries by calling in a professional.
All fridges run a little warm when they’re working as the appliance is working hard to remote the heat from the air inside the fridge. However, if your fridge has become so warm that it’s actually hot to the touch this is a sign that something is seriously wrong and it’s important to call out a repair expert as soon as possible.
Fridges aren’t built to last forever and there will come a time when they need to be replaced. After a certain amount of time parts start to break and eventually the whole fridge will stop working.
Regardless of how well you look after it, refrigerators will eventually pass their lifetime expiry date which is usually between 10 and 20 years. It is possible to have parts repaired, however, the older your refrigerator is the more often it will need to be repaired, which costs more money. Ask a professional repairman take a look at it to determine if it still makes sense to repair your fridge. However, if it’s an old fridge and is showing one of more of the signs above it is probably worth investing in a new one.